NOAA Ship Okeanos Explorer returned to port at Ford Island, Pearl Harbor, this evening, bringing Leg 2 of the Hohonu Moana: Exploring Deep Waters off Hawaiʻi Expedition to a close. The next leg of the expedition starts August 28, 2015. Image courtesy of the NOAA Office of Ocean Exploration and Research, 2015 Hohonu Moana. Download larger version (jpg, 1.7 MB).
Transit mapping continued today until the ship reached the Pearl Harbor sea buoy, at which time sonars were turned off and Okeanos Explorer made her way into port. By 6:30 pm HST, the ship was moored at the pier on Ford Island and Leg 2 of the expedition was brought to a close. The team onboard spent the day finalizing documentation and reports, debriefing the cruise, and preparing for the in-port period before the next cruise. Although some members of this cruise are headed home, most of the team on board will return to the ship in a week and sail on Leg 3 of the expedition, which departs on Friday, August 28. Come back then to continue exploring with us!